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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Western Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been world leading. At the City of Bayswater, we have done our part by helping keep our staff and community safe, and essential services running.

Now we have transitioned into the recovery phase, we are doing all we can to boost our local economy and support our community.

Click here to see the Roadmap to Recovery from the Western Australian State Government.

 
 
 
 
Please note - all information on this page are up to date at the time of publishing. We will continue to update this page periodically. 

Local stimulus package

At a Special Council Meeting held on Tuesday 5 May, Council adopted a $5.09 million local economic and social stimulus package aimed at fast tracking major projects, generating local employment and supporting community organisations to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Find out more

 

Buy in Baysie

While restrictions are easing, we're committed to supporting local businesses now - and into the future.

Order your favourite meal delivered to your doorstep, join an online yoga class or send a gift to a friend. Let’s all do our part to support local businesses - both in store and online. 

Find a Buy in Baysie business


Become a Buy in Baysie business

One of the ways the City of Bayswater is supporting local businesses is through our Buy in Baysie grants. Funding is available to businesses looking for online solutions to continue to serve their customers.

Buy in baysie grants

 

    Support for local businesses

    We understand the pressure this pandemic has put on local families and businesses and it is important we work together on our way out of this national health emergency.

    We've worked with local businesses to identify their needs, look at ways we can support them and provide information on how to access funding from the State and Federal government.

    As restrictions begin to ease, we are committed to providing the support local businesses need to get back on their feet. That's why we're now allowing all local businesses to operate alfresco dining without a permit. 

    To find out more about the City's support for local business, visit our business support page.

    Local Business Support

    COVID-19 Committee

    At a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 18 March, Council resolved to establish a COVID-19 Advisory Committee to provide feedback from the local community and fast track decisions where necessary.

    The City has allocated $75,000 from its current budget to deal with the crisis.

    What else are we doing?

    Customer Service

    The City's customer service counters at the Civic Centre at 61 Broun Avenue Morley is now open 8.30am – 4.30pm weekdays. 

    Events and Community Engagement

    We are adhering to Health Department guidelines relating to the COVID Safe requirements, and have implement COVID Event Plans to all events with anticipated attendance of over 500. These plans include additional hygiene measures and cleaning schedules, the use of COVID Safety Marshals to ensure compliance with physical distancing, and signage to reinforce health messaging. We are also asking people planning to attend our events to register for free on Eventbrite.

    Libraries

    The City's three libraries at Bayswater, Maylands and Morley are now open. Visitors can loan and return items, access computers and limited customer services. 

    If you don't wish to come in - members can still access a whole range of library services online. Click below to find out more.

    Libraries Online

    Bayswater Waves and The RISE

    Both Bayswater Waves and The RISE are now open.

    Find out more here.

     

    Community Centres

    Both Bayswater and Morley Community Centre will reopen on July 1 following the State Government's announcement to ease COVID-19 restrictions through Phase 4 of the WA roadmap. 

    The Community Centres will reopen with many scheduled activities including walking groups, bowls, yoga and more recommencing. 

    Measures will remain in place to ensure the safety of older adults and selected activities that cannot comply with approproate social distancing will remain on hold until further notice. 

    Stay up to date by visiting the City's page on Coronavirus COVID-19

    We don’t want our existing community members to be disadvantaged in any way so Council will consider waiving fees payable by its current members for six months as part of its 2020/21 Budget. 

    Council and other meetings

    Council meetings will now be taking place remotely via Zoom. 

    Deputations

    If you wish to provide a deputation, please put it in writing and email it to mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au by 1pm the day of the relevant meeting. If you wish to present verbally, please contact us. Find out about Deputations here.

     

    Public Question Time 

    Public Question Time submissions must be submitted in writing to mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au by 1pm the day of the relevant meeting and will be read and answers provided after the meeting. Find out about Public Question Time here. 

     

    If you wish to listen to the audio recordings of any Council Meetings you can do so here.

    The City has cancelled all other non-essential meetings based on the Federal Government's advice. 

    The City's budget

    We are mindful of the pressure the escalating situation is putting on household budgets and last night agreed to investigate a zero rate revenue increase.

    The City has allocated $75,000 from its current budget to deal with the crisis.

    Justice of the Peace

    RAJWA's Justice of the Peace Service, hosted by the City, is now cancelled. 

    We will review this as events unfold. 

    Working from home

    If you're temporarily working from home because of the Coronavirus and your normal work place is not at home, you do not need a home office registration from the City.

    A home office registration is required for people who are self-employed and work from home on a permanent basis. A home office registration is free and can be obtained by completing and submitting the home office registration form to the City via the link below: 

    https://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/development/business/business-approvals,-permits-and-guidelines/home-based-businesses

    Home occupations and home businesses which entail customers coming to your property (eg. a home beauty business) still require planning approval.  For further information please contact the City's Development Approvals on 9272 0921.

    Community Care Team
    The establishment of a community care team is part of our aim to connect the most isolated and vulnerable in our community.
     
    City staff, including Casuals currently make up the Community Care team. Their current purpose is to call our Community Centre's program for older adults 800+ members to check that they continue to have appropriate supports in place and help them understand any changes that are happening.
     
    In response to the most frequent questions asked by our community in relation to services for seniors, we have created an information booklet. We will update this on a regular basis. 
     
     
    We also know that there any many wonderful people in our community who would like to do their bit to help. While we don't yet have a need for extra volunteers, we're creating a register to ensure anyone who wants to assist, can, if the time comes. Please hold tight, as we will only be getting in touch as the need to engage volunteers arises. At the moment, we are getting by with the assistance of staff.
     
    If you'd like to be added to the register, please fill out the form below.
     
    Rangers and Security

    The City's Rangers and Security team are running as normal.

    You can still reach our team over the phone here.

    Playgrounds, skateparks and community exercise equipment

    All playgrounds, community exercise equipment and skateparks in the City of Bayswater are now open.

    Support for community groups and clubs

    The City has waived rental payments for the next six months (1 April to 30 September) for community groups, clubs and organisations who lease City buildings. You do not need to apply for this, the changes will be automatically applied. Please contact leasing@bayswater.wa.gov.au if you have any queries.

    Financial Hardship Policy

    The City’s COVID Advisory Committee recently recommended Council adopt a Financial Hardship Policy that recognises the financial stress facing vulnerable ratepayers and provides flexibility in the payment of rates and service charges. The policy is part of the City’s longer term strategy to assist ratepayers and debtors who experience financial hardship. Find out more.

    Mental Health and Community Support University of Notre Dame - Online Survey about the impacts of COVID-19 on "body and mind"

    Not all adverse health outcomes of COVID-19 were caused by the virus

    The Western Australian government reacted quickly to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic by implementing isolation restrictions to limit viral spread within the community. The success of this strategy in minimising the viral infection and associated deaths is reflected in the national statistics.  These statistics however do not show the impact of the enforced lockdown on the wider community’s physical and mental well-being. Evidence reported elsewhere suggests the lockdown resulted in changes in sedentary behaviours, alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity, and mental health and has led to calls for greater health promotion efforts.

    The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the Western Australian community is largely unknown. To address this shortfall, researchers at The University of Notre Dame Australia are inviting Western Australians over the age of 18 year to complete an online survey to provide insights on how the COVID-19 lockdown impacted on their “body and mind”. The outcomes of the study will help inform development and delivery of health promotional activities at state and local government level should WA be impacted by a second wave of the virus or similar emergency. This state government funded survey can be found here and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

    For more information 

    To find out more about the Coronavirus visit:

    Information in languages other than English

    Click below to access information in languages other than English.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Multilingual Resource Library

    SBS languages portal

    Information in Easy English Support for people with a disability Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

    Please visit the links below for information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

    Healthy WA

    Aboriginal Health Council of WA

    National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

    Information for older adults

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